Joey Bada$$ Reveals How Meeting With Jay-Z Changed His Life

Joey Bada$$ says meeting with Jay-Z was his "biggest dream" at age 17.

BYCaroline Fisher
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Joey Bada$$ recently spoke on meeting with Jay-Z for the first time at the age of 17. The Brooklyn rapper revealed that the 2012 meeting changed everything for him. He says it managed to instill a newfound sense of confidence in the teenage version of himself. The artist recalled getting an offer to be flown out to meet with Jay-Z. "Get the f*ck outta here," he said at the time. It's clear that at such a young age, capturing the attention of a powerhouse like Jay has a lasting effect on Joey Bada$$.

"Yo, I'm 17, and I already accomplished my wildest dream," he remembers thinking to himself. He then goes on to explain that meeting with the Roc Nation founder was his biggest dream, "besides $1M." "That came the year after," the artist also joked. "I remember going up in that elevator like, 'if I'm meeting with Jay right now, I can do anything," he also reveals.

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Joey Bada$$ Recalls Thinking "I Can Do Anything"

Though Joey Bada$$ never ended up signing to Roc Nation, he's maintained that Jay-Z is an idol of his. During an appearance on The Breakfast Club, the rapper revealed that Jay-Z's book, Decoded, had a major influence on him. The rapper even says one story in the book inspired him to stay independent. He reflected on his line in his 2000 track, "Make Me Feel," where he raps "I peep game like Jay, that's why he didn't sign."

Joey Bada$$ broke down the line, explaining, "I read his book DECODED and that line was inspired by a piece in DECODED when he said he met with Russell Simmons for the first time." The rapper continued, "He details his experiences like him remembering sitting at that table and looking at them and thinking to himself like 'Damn I don't want to be signed to these n****s, I want to be these n****s.' So that was kind of the inspiration behind that line."

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Caroline Fisher is a News Writer at HotNewHipHop from Chicago, Illinois. She started at HNHH this year, and has since spent her time writing about all that is newsworthy in the world of hip-hop. With a drive for hunting down the hottest stories, she enjoys documenting new developments in culture and entertainment. She also has an appreciation for hip-hop and seeks to cover the most important trends and shifts. She has a Bachelor of Arts which she received at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Having graduated in 2022, she majored in English with a concentration in Media, Rhetoric and Cultural Studies. Specializing all things music, pop culture and entertainment, some of her favorite musical artists include Snoop Dogg, OutKast, and Nicki Minaj. When she’s not writing about music she’s also a fan of attending shows, watching the latest movies, staying up-to-date with current events, photography, and poetry.